Kingship and State Formation in Sweden covers, for the first time in English, a key period in the consolidation of the Swedish state. The book begins with an overview of Sweden prior to the twelfth century and a reign-by-reign history of the period 1130-1290. Thereafter issues related to kingship and state formation are treated thematically, with sections on royal administration and taxation, legal and military institutions, relations between king and Church, the development of Christian kingship ideology and expansion into Finland. Extensive appendices are included on the genealogy and landholdings of powerful families and on fortifications. The book is well furnished with over forty maps and genealogical tables.
Developments in Sweden are placed firmly within their European context, and the volume will be of interest to all those with an interest in medieval politics in general as well as to students of early Swedish or Scandinavian history.
Philip Line completed his Ph.D. on Medieval Swedish Kingship at the University of Leeds in 2003, having previously studied Scandinavian languages in London. He also has a BA in Ancient History (1977). His main interests are in medieval rulership and warfare, in which he is continuing his researches while working as a freelance translator. He now lives in Finland.
"sein Verdienst liegt ... in einer kritischen Prüfung einschlägiger Forschungen und Theorien. Weil [der Autor] dabei ebenso kenntnisreich wie besonnen vorgeht...ist man nach der Lektüre jedes Kapitels doch etwas klüger geworden....Man wird künftig gut daran tun, bei jeder Beschäftigung mit einem Thema, das irgendwie mit dem Gegenstand des vorliegenden Buchs zu tun hat, nachzuschlagen, was der Autor dazu zu sagen hat"
Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters, 65,1 (2009), 426-27
Table of contents
Acknowledgements .. xi
Abbreviations .. xvi
Preface .. xix
Chapter One: State formation and medieval Government .. 1
Chapter Two: Sweden before 1130 .. 34
Chapter Three: Kings and Power Struggles: Sweden from 1130 to 1290 .. 69
Chapter Four: The state and the law .. 151
Chapter Five: Kings and king’s men .. 175
Chapter Six: Territorial division .. 206
Chapter Seven: Taxation and the military ledung .. 225
Chapter Eight: The king’s land .. 268
Chapter Nine: Royal Administration in the early Folkung period .. 297
Chapter Ten: Fortifications and urbanisation .. 306
Chapter Eleven: The Church and the Ideology of Kingship .. 338
Chapter Twelve: Eastward Expansion .. 410
Conclusion .. 468
Appendix 1: Families and their Landholdings .. 481
Appendix 2: Swedish fortifications and palaces .. 522
List of Kings and Rulers of Sweden .. 554
Genealogical tables .. 563
Maps .. 607
Bibliography .. 631
Index .. 669
All those interested in medieval Scandinavia, in particular Sweden, and in the concept and practice of kingship and government in medieval Europe.